At the end of 2008, we sang the praises of the CFCF remix of Cassie and Wayne's icily detached "Official Girl." It's not that we didn't like the original, it's just that CFCF's version had a lot more life, like it was a misguided love letter from the high school version of Cassie to her incredibly creepy older boyfriend Lil Wayne. In addition to his remixes and weekly show on Viva Radio, CFCF's also been working on original material, which is now taking shape as an EP called Panesian Nights (out Jan 20th on Paper Bag Digital). First single "Crystal Mines" might not be our favorite song on the EP, but it does turn the played concept of music that sounds like old Nintendo games on its ear, using the fuzzy lo-fi keys associated with that sound as layers that are part of a larger, more interesting whole.
Download: CFCF, "Crystal Mines"